How To Install a Ram?

Let’s talk about RAM and the appropriate procedure for installing RAM memory modules into a computer system. Each process executing on your computer system uses RAM memory, and by increasing RAM memory capacity, in turn boosts the multiprocessing capabilities of the computer system. A RAM upgrade enhances the overall performance of the system. Installing RAM memory is comparatively easier than other potential PC upgrades. This is because, RAM memory is affordable, and it does not require any driver updates. Moreover, it does not involve any major maintenance issues, and performance enhancements are immediately noticeable.

How To Install a Ram?

Initial Preparation

Look through the manuals that came with your computer or motherboard. These manuals provide a specification of the RAM memory types that are compatible with your computer system. They list the exact type, size and number of RAM memory modules that are supported by your computer system. Several RAM memory types are on offer in the market, such as SDRAM, DDR SDRAM, RDRAM etc; the most prevalent of them being the DDR SDRAM. It is recommended that you make sure that the RAM memory module, you are about to purchase, is compatible with your computer system. Considering, you have done so, we move on with installing ram in your system. You would need a meager set of tools to pull off this job. Ensure that you have a cross-point screwdriver suitable for your computer case. You might want to use an anti-static wrist-strap, to protect the RAM memory module and other computer parts from damage caused by static electricity. Turn off the power switch at the back of the computer case. Next, remove the AC power cord that supplies power to the computer system.


Locate RAM memory slots on the motherboard

Examine the motherboard to locate the RAM memory module slots. You might have to remove some internal cables to gain unfettered access to your system’s RAM memory slots. While doing so, don’t lose track of what sockets the cables attach to, so you can properly reseat everything later. Also examine the RAM memory slots to make sure they are clean, you don’t want to insert your brand new RAM memory in a slot clogged with dirt.


Secure the RAM memory module

It might be the case that you need to fill the slots in a particular order; check your PC manual to be sure on this. This is especially important for older systems that use SIMMs, as you must completely fill their memory banks before they can detect any RAM. With most of the modern PCs and RAM memory types, the job is a lot easier. To begin Installing RAM memory into the slot, align the RAM memory module above the slot and make sure that the notch in the RAM memory module is in the correct position. When the module is properly aligned, gently press down, on both sides of the computer RAM memory, so that it sits down safely into the slot. You’ll know it’s secure when the clamps on either end of the slot click and hold the RAM in place.


Testing your installation

After installing ram in your computer and before replacing the case cover, reconnect any cables you may have had to detach during installation. Replace the panel or cover on the computer case, and fasten it with screws. All is set now. So, power up the computer. Check the BIOS to ensure that the computer has detected the newly placed RAM memory module. If you have any of the Windows Operating Systems installed on your computer, then boot it up, right-click the My Computer icon, click Properties, and look for the RAM figure in the General tab of the resulting dialog box. It should match up with the amount of memory you installed.